APPARTENANT A UNE COLLECTION D'OUTRE-ATLANTIQUE
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MAYAN POLYCHROME CYLINDER VASE, LOWLANDS
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D 550-950
The gently inward-curving sides with a complex ritual scene probably occurring in the sky as indicated by the unusual black bands framing the main frieze, containing a scorpion, turtle and other creatures known to animate the Maya zodiac, a canoe carries five figures. The Maya frequently refer to the Sky as a watery place suggesting that this is a journey through the Milky Way, composed of a masked paddler, a seated bound captive, some of lighter complexion, and the 'captain' wielding a long spear at the prow, below on the base line three characters involved in a sacrifice ritual with the victim held by his top knot and blood gushing from his head wound, perhaps a metaphorical allusion to a meteor shower, pink glyphs in the field, in deep and light orange, pink, black, light brown and white.
A group of vessels, commonly denoted as 'Pink Glyph' are characterized by the distinctive usage of dark rose pigment diluted to pink also used in the hieroglyphic writing.